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In Taiwan, lesbian couple's wedding makes Buddhist history

A lesbian couple tied the knot amid the blessings on monks and nuns in Taiwan's first high profile Buddhist same-sex wedding on Saturday.

In what is believed also to be the first such ceremony in Asia, Fish Huang and her partner of seven year You Ya-ting walked down the aisle in white bridal gowns Saturday (Aug. 11) in a monastery in Taoyuan, near Taipei.

Instead of exchanging rings, Huang and You helped each other wear prayer beads, after vowing to stay together for good. Nearly 300 Buddhists chanted sutras to seek blessings for the couple, both aged 30, who also worshipped the Buddha with the crown.

Shi Chao-hwei, the Buddhist master who had promptly agreed to preside the wedding of the devout couple, hailed it as a historic moment.

"We are witnessing history," said the well-known advocate for social justice and Buddhist scholar. "The two women are willing to stand out and fight for their fate... to overcome social discrimination."

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